Power to the Beagles!

Tear-jerk warning: I stumbled on this story a couple of weeks ago, and was reluctant to post, because it’s sad, and involves abused dogs. But I’m posting it anyway, because it largely has a happy ending. Especially for the beagles in the the accompanying video.

Groups to rescue beagles are proliferating. The breed is often used in product testing labs, and their existance in these labs is grim at best.

It turns out beagles are often used in drug and product testing laboratories because they are docile and forgiving.

Companies test the toxicity of products on the beagles. Activists are trying to encourage, and find new ways to test products that won’t put beagles and any other animals in harm’s way.

I mean, should a beagle suffer in the name of finding a fabulous new mascara shade?

In the laboratories, activists say the beagles spend their entire lives in cages, never being able to roam and play like all dogs should.

That’s the tragic part of this story.

There is a California group that rescues these dogs, nurses them back to health and gets friendly, loving people and families to adopt the beagles.

The new group, founded a month or two ago, called the Beagle Freedom Project, is behind the rescues.

They put out a video which shows two of the rescued beagles, named Freedom and Bigsley. The two dogs are initially afraid to even see the sun, but with some coaxing from the very nice couple in the video, the beagles discover their inner dog. Gradually, the tails start wagging, and eventually, they discover the joy of play.

The video is a tear jerker, so again, you’ve been forwarned. Meet beagles Freedom and Bigsley:

The video shows Freedom and Bigsley before they were adopted. They apparently  have since been adopted. They’re doing well, though Bigsley is still afraid of loud or unfamiliar noises.

The lab also cut the vocal cords of Freedom and Bigsley, so they can’t bark.(Apparently, lab workers, poor babies,  couldn’t be bothered by the dogs barking)

Freedom and Bigsley’s companions have rigged bells on the doors that the two have learned to ring when they want to go outside.

Apparently, there are a large number of beagle rescue organizations Beagles aren’t for everybody. (they need to be around people a lot and tend to wander off). There are a zillion rescue organizations for other dog breeds, too, if you want a dog that better suits your personality.

Or, go to your local Humane Society to talk about adopting a nice companion.

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